Book Reviews

(First published in 1985 in volume 2, p. 82, of the third series of The Bradford Antiquary, the journal of the Bradford Historical and Antiquarian Society.)

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We are pleased to give notice of the reprinting of two valuable books on local history.

The Story Of Baildon

John La Page. (First published 1951, reprinted by M.T.D. Rigg (Publications), Guiseley, nr. Leeds.). £6.50

John La Page, who died in 1981, at the age of88, was one of our most distinguished members. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and this book established his reputation as a local historian. The new issue has been eagerly awaited and I understand that stocks are already running low.

Pen And Pencil Pictures Of Old Bradford

William Scruton. (1889. Reprinted by Mountain Press in 1968. New edition by Amethyst Press, Otley). £4.95

A much older book, the new edition has a preface by Jack Reynolds, formerly editor of the Bradford Antiquary. The author was a founder member of the Bradford Historical & Antiquarian Society, and his book is indispensable to local historians. We shall probably not throw out our tattered copies, but a new book, with pages intact, will be a godsend to many a harassed researcher.

Pictures Of Old Baildon

N. Entwistle. (Countryside Publications Ltd., Brinscall, Chorley, Lancs.). £2.50

As we go to press I have been informed of this publication which will appear in the very near future. This book contains 57 photographs, with brief histories wherever possible.


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